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I've read a lot about crates and crate training, and I've come to understand that a crate is supposed to be a dog's home-base, a safe place. I've also seen that there are many different styles and types of crates, all designed with a different purpose. What I'm wondering is, should I have an at-home crate as well as a travel crate/carrier for vet visits? I realize that vet visits can be pretty stressful for a lot of dogs, and having their safe place go with them is great, but some at-home crates don't seem like they'd travel well or be easy to carry.

What about having an at-home crate and a travel crate left out at home for the dog to associate both with safety? What about people who don't have the room for that? And even if you made the room until the dog liked the travel crate, would it still feel like home if you put it away for a few weeks to a year (or three in some areas for older dogs who just need rabies shots) until the next vet visit?

This is purely academic for me, as my dog will end up being very small, but I can't help but wonder.
 

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These are some great points. I was thinking about just the same thing as Manman suggested -- letting the dog choose. I wonder if there's any way I can take the puppy with me to see if there are any crates she prefers. I'll have to call around to check if pet stores even have floor models.

Thanks to everyone for your answers. :)
 

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Plastic crates are more cave/den oriented. I would hope that you don't leave children make decisions on what to eat etc. It's up to you to get proper crate. One of the universities put 10 crates in a mall 5 plastic, 5 wire and a pup in each crate. The pups in the plastic crates did much better as the people staring down at the wire crated puppies caused some problems.
Thanks for pointing that out. I hadn't thought about the environment (home vs. possibly busy store) having an impact on the dog's choice, but it seems so obvious so I don't know why it didn't occur to me. Obviously I didn't intend to let the dog make all the decisions. I certainly wouldn't let a child choose what to eat in general (ice cream for dinner, anyone?), but I'd let them decide between broccoli and green beans.
 
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